Monday, April 5, 2010

Toughening the Feet for Barefoot Running

I picked up a lot of great points from this video of Born to Run author Christopher McDougall, but one that really stood out was the idea that developing foot calluses to improve barefoot running is a bad idea.

You see, I initially started training under the misconception that developing calluses was part of the 'toughening' process, so I wrote off blisters as just a part of the training process.

"Not true", says Christopher. If you're developing blisters or calluses while running then that indicates a flaw in your technique. I've since made some adjustments to avoid further 'pushing off' from the forefoot and try to lift the foot straight up, much like a boxer does in the corner before going into the ring. It's more of an up/down bouncing feel.

1 comment:

  1. It is always better to prevent than let it form and treat. Does some of your skin area on foot tend to be thickened? This may ultimately result in calluses formation. To prevent this you can wear comfortable shoes, Socks with shoes or use foot powder that will help you to keep your foot dry. You can also read our articles on how to get rid of thick calluses on foot that will help you a lot to prevent or minimize your problems.